Dances with wolves

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries, Tuscan characters

This is the tale of a holy man who led a life locked away in a bitter solitude whilst performing miracles, like the taming of a ferocious wolf which up until then had regularly devoured the poor inhabitants of the local village. However, you would be mistaken if you thought this was the story about [...]


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La Verna – The Blessed Mountain

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries

Monte non ha più santo il mondo This phrase, which in old Italian means there is no mountain more sacred than this is written on a door that opens onto an old and very steep road that leads from the valley of La Verna up to the monestary in the dense green of the Casentino. [...]


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Jerusulem – in Tuscany!

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries, Florence

Situated in the territory of Montaione in the province of Florence, you’ll find the smooth land of Valdarno, where they welcome the fascinating people of Certaldo, San Gimignano and Volterra and people from San Vivaldo, where there is a valuable sacred mountain, but one of the lesser known in the North of Italy. Together they [...]


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Santa Maria from Montserrat: a Spanish Lady on Elba

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries

Monserrat is the most important sacred place of Catalogna and one of the main sanctuaries inside the Iberian Peninsula. At least since the IX century, Monserrat has guarded the small image of Virgin Mary with her baby (famously known as “La Moreneta”, “La Scura”), which, according to the tradition, was actually realised by the apostle [...]


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Passignano

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries, Florence

Those who, after having completed the long ascent from Greve and from the Medieval village of Montefioralle, stop for a moment to catch their breath and admire the breathtaking view of the Valdesa, will see, in the distance of this spectacular view of endless green hills covered in lush vegetation, a rather extraordinary sight. The [...]


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Vallombrosa, the monastery and the forest: God’s greenery

La Toscana: Churches and monasteries, Florence

For those of you who have already visited this area, you’ll know very well that every corner of central Italy is filled with holy stories. Religious leaders have lived here for centuries, including San Benedetto, San Romualdo, and San Francesco. The steep mountains are home to hermits who live their lives of loneliness, in a [...]


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